Novak Djokovic

Tennis predictions for 2019: Grand slam winners, year end No 1s, biggest ...

While my heart is saying Rafael Nadal will win an historic 12th Roland Garros, my head is saying the King of Clay's aging and aching body might not be up to the almighty task of defending his humongous crown.

It could be a fairytale major all round with Petra Kvitova claiming her first grand slam since the horrific knife attack suffered in her home in Dec 2016 which threatened to end her career.

Novak Djokovic’s coach Marian Vajda this week said the plan for 2019 was to hold all four majors - which would bring the Serbian’s total up to 18 grand slam singles titles, and two behind Roger Federer’s haul.

The women’s draw is much more open: Serena Williams is the favourite and Naomi Osaka is definitely in the mix alongside Simona Halep, but my pick would see Angelique Kerber secure her fourth slam title.

It makes a change to talk about an Australian male tennis player free from ego or bad-boy tendancies and Alex de Minaur could be a breath of fresh air on the men's circuit.

The Greek youngster secured his first tour title in Stockholm in October, but his run to the final in Toronto, beating Thiem, Djokovic, Zverev and Kevin Anderson, is perhaps the best indicator of how far he can go.

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